I just realized that I am 2 weeks away from being done with 1/4 of my first year of medical school. Excitement, anxiety, and a slight sense of accomplishment are growing day by day. I’m feeling like I’ve actually accomplished something. The amount of studying I’m putting in is more than ever before yet I have still made time for my family and friends and even partying ( okay, okay celebrating after exams with my classmates in social settings… I’m not sure if that constitutes as a party especially when I’m in bed by 1am). Regardless I’ve been told that the first year is the hardest to transition to and the most difficult to manage and I’m making it!
I volunteered for another clinical experience this weekend as well. These patient encounters are what keep me able to devote the time to studying. I get chills thinking about it! I’m actually making an impact on the community and I haven’t gotten my MD yet. I just have to keep pushing. Two years from now I will be in hospitals seeing all that I have learned thus far and I can’t wait. Making an impact and giving back are two very big things for me. I was chosen as a Gates Millennium Scholar when I graduated from high school and now, as a member of the alumni board, I am spending my weekend happily welcoming our new scholars to the GMSP family. This is going to be great and I’ve studied far enough in advance that I will have at least a little time to enjoy them. Off to finish yet another lecture and start packing. I can’t wait to see my GMS family this weekend!